We have completely fallen for unique raw, rustic, rough diamond engagement rings.
Like any epic story, the history of diamonds is one of mystery, intrigue, and great romance.
Long before the first known instance of human life, diamonds graced the Earth with their natural beauty and mystical allure.
The word “diamond” conjures many thoughts and feelings. It symbolizes strength, being the hardest substance in the world, and is thus the perfect representation of enduring commitment.
The word 'diamonds' is actually derived from the Greek word 'agamas' which means indestructible or unconquerable.
Historically, diamonds have represented power, protection, wealth, and status, but perhaps its most important role is when they are given to a loved one, marking the start of a new life together. An engagement. A lifelong love.
Apart from jewelry, the origin of the engagement ring dates back thousands of years to ancient Rome where the poet Plautus first used a ring to symbolize his love. However, the first diamond engagement ring is credited to Archduke Maximilian of Austria. It was his gift to Mary of Burgundy a mere 24 hours before their formal marriage ceremony in 1477.
Since then, engagement rings have changed dramatically, but other aspects like their placement have remained the same. Engagement as well as wedding rings were traditionally worn on the fourth finger of the left hand as it was believed that a vein in that finger led directly to the human heart, a practice that continues today.
When diamonds were first discovered in India in 800 B.C., it was believed that they had sacred powers and altering them in any way would lesson their strength. Therefore diamonds were worn as they were naturally unearthed in order to preserve their powerful energy.
The earliest form of diamond jewelry actually dates to approximately 1074 when Anastasia of Kiev, Queen of Hungary wore a crown adorned with uncut, unpolished diamonds. For over 2,000 years, diamonds remained in this fashion of being untouched and celebrated in their natural form.
Diamonds were so rare and valuable at this time that they were only owned by royalty. Discovered in just a few areas around the world, the entire world production of gem diamonds only amounted to a few pounds a year. When huge diamond mines were discovered in South Africa in the 1800’s, the prized diamond finally became accessible beyond royalty and the extraordinarily wealthy.
Recently we have seen a reintroduction of these rough beauties in modern jewelry and they have quickly become some of our favorite engagement rings. Just as it was done so many years ago, the beauty of the natural diamond is being celebrated unrefined or changed from its original and perfect form making these engagement rings stand out.
Another way to really make a statement with your ring is by selecting a colorful natural gemstone to picking an alternative setting or even mixing metals. There are certainly no shortages of possibilities for personalized engagement rings. Celebrate their natural inclusions...they add character! While they may not hit on the 4 C’s in the way a traditional diamond might, we have truly come to love these one of a kind gemstones.
So what is the difference between a raw, rough, or rustic diamond you may ask? Raw is exactly what it implies: It's the diamond exactly as it was found when it was mined. It's usually amorphous, and looks a lot more like a mineral than the shiny, translucent appearance of a fully treated diamond. Raw diamonds are set in a ring that fits their shape, rather than molding them to fit into a specific setting. Rough diamonds are similar, except they may be cut slightly, whether it's into a popular "diamond slice" style, or into a shape that's easier to work with.
Rustic diamonds are the most refined of these options. They're not rough or raw, but they are in a pretty natural state and unlike any of the standard white diamonds we are all so familiar with. Often more opaque, these stunning gems that have a deep, almost milky color and have a large number of inclusions that would traditionally deem them less valuable. Whether it's gray, red, or an orange-plum, the benefit of choosing a rustic diamond is that you're really getting a precious piece of jewelry that is not only more natural, it has a story of its own and is completely unique just like your own personal love story is completely unique to the two of you.